Whitesides inks with NC Wesleyan

Feb. 05, 2014 @ 09:35 PM

R-S Central two-sport star Rashaun Whitesides will be a North Carolina Wesleyan Battling Bishop in the fall after signing to play football for the school Wednesday afternoon as part of National Signing Day.

Whitesides will be a part of the Battling Bishops’ secondary after spending his career as a Hilltopper in both the the offensive and defensive backfields.

Whitesides chose North Carolina Wesleyan, a NCAA Division III member USA South Atlantic Conference, over the likes of Guilford, Brevard, Mars Hill and Gardner-Webb.

“When I went to North Carolina Wesleyan I just felt at home and like I could fit in perfect with their program,” Whitesides said. “The coaching staff played a big role because they treated me like family. I felt like I was home there.”

Whitesides is expected to slide into the free safety position upon his arrival in Rocky Mount, however, he could see some action to the offensive side of the ball as well for a team that finished 2013 with a 2-8 record.

“[The coaching staff] told me that the starting job was mine and that I just had to work for it during the offseason,” Whitesides said. “They were upfront with me and told me like it was and what I had to do to become a starter.”

At the signing, Whitesides was joined by his R-S Central Head Coach Mike Cheek, Athletic Director Sam Hoooper, Defensive Coordinator Lemont Jones, his father Raji Patterson, mother Toyia Whitesides and brother Desomnd Whitesides.

“This is big because not too many people come from R-S Central and go off to school to play sports,” Rashaun said. “For me and my family this is big.”